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p. 564. Dramalocked

  • William Allen

Abstract

‘Drama’ considers two of the most popular genres of ancient literature — tragedy and comedy — and tries to account for their success as forms of mass entertainment. It shows how each of the surviving major playwrights, Greek and Roman, engages with the values of his audience, and encourages them to relate the world on stage to their own experience. Theatre was an important part of community life in the ancient world. The surviving Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and the comedies of Cratinus, Eupolis, and Aristophanes are reviewed along with the Roman comedies of Plautus and Terence and tragedies of Seneca.

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